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Ranked #20 of 808 Restaurants in Boise
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $24
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: ÀLAVITA is all about fresh pasta-from Agnolotti to Tortellini to Garganelli, Linguini to Pappardelle-created fresh every day. A restaurant whose name means "to life," ÀLAVITA is a great place for celebrating life with good friends and family alike. ÀLAVITA is a Locally Inspired Italian joint that will procure many ingredients from the local market, Northwest and prepare them in an Italian format in the heart of downtown Boise. Along with the full bar mixing craft cocktails, there is an array of beers and bountiful wine list to choose from. SaluteÀLAVITA...Cheers To Life!
Reviewed November 19, 2013

i am a total food snob, hard to please, very anxiety ridden person...when it comes to food, or a new restaurant...FABULOUS..
we were worried..and it was all for not.
had the house made burratta..with basil sea salt, crostinni, and chopped peaches ( i think)..wonderful..
then had the butterleaf salad, with the boise city peanuts..good, but just a salad, compared to the rest of the food!!
cavelitti with sausage..was over the top.
we can't wait to go back, and heather, was a great wait person...wonderful, and thank you

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Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

I have lived in Boise for a while and I've seen numerous restaurants come and go and many have used the term "Italian" to characterize their menu. Alavita lives up to it as a consummate dinner venue for those that understand the difference. While not without some growing pains in terms of having a more viable lunch menu, it does offer a solid and unique dinner experience with chic, cozy atmosphere, esoteric wine selections and locally prepared ingredients for italian food that live up the expectations of anyone that appreciates authentic Italian cuisine. I hope it stands the test of time unlike so many restaurants that seem to come and go in Boise but hopefully,
quality and a truly unique experience will sustain it.

1  Thank Victorcosmopolis
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is my idea of the perfect restaurant. Intimate, modern, beautiful. Oh - and let's not forget the wonderful food! Holy cow. This place makes me feel really sorry for anyone on a gluten or carb-free diet (although, they do have gluten-free pasta options, as well as plenty of salad). Their handmade pasta is so delicate, it almost melts in your mouth. I highly recommend the Pappardelle with bolognese and Garganelli with braised short ribs and arugula. The house-made Burrata is my favorite appetizer of all time - anywhere. A must-try in Downtown Boise.

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1  Thank GoldenIdaho
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

The fresh pasta dishes were excellent and would cause us to go back. This is a very small space so reservations are strongly suggested. The appetizers are interesting; the sweet potato gnocchi was a tad disappointing as it was a bit overcooked and not anything like homemade gnocchi - almost like a dessert dish as the sauce was too sweet. The pretzel fondue was a better choice, with interesting flavors. We split a salad, which was good although underdressed, allowing the bitterness of the greens to become too prominent. The tortellini and the dish with broccoli rabe and italian sausage were both excellent. However, there is nothing to recommend on the dessert menu. We tried toe budino, it is only average. Wine prices are high for the offerings they have. Service was excellent throughout the meal. While we considered the appetizers, salad and dessert only average, the pasta entrees we selected were above average and thus the menu warrants further exploration.

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Reviewed October 4, 2013

We had just arrived into Boise on a late evening flight when we got a call from a local Boise resident with an offer to try a new Italian restaurant for a late dinner. We arrived to find it was still very busy with a waiting list. Once we were settled we had an appetizer of olives and grilled bread which was very tasty. We all ordered a different meal and we were all very impressed with the unusual menu and good quality and freshness of what we tried. We had Agnolli; this was stuffed salmon with capers and asparagus with a lemon sauce. It was a touch salty; for those to be aware if that is an issue; although I still recommend it. We tried "Cavatelli;" it had Italian sausage with broccoli in a tomato and cheese sauce. Our host had the "Linguine;" it was clams with a white wine sauce. The atmosphere was very nice; a little noisey; but it was busy and the restaurant is on the small side. They also have a very nice large bar. Worth trying!

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1  Thank Jay M
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